Ravi Ranganath focuses his practice on a broad variety of litigation and patent litigation matters to support clients in the high technology and life science industries. Ravi has experience with all aspects of litigation, including summary judgment, trial, and appeal. He has represented clients in jurisdictions throughout the country, including the Northern District of California, Eastern District of Texas, Western District of Texas, District of Delaware, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States International Trade Commission. In 2017, Ravi served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jon S. Tigar of the Northern District of California. In 2019, Ravi was named a Rising Star in Northern California by Super Lawyers.
Ravi works to provide clients with strategies for early dispute resolution. For example, in Affinity Labs of Texas, LLC v. Amazon.com, Inc., et al. (W.D. Tex.), Ravi represented Amazon and helped secure judgment of patent invalidity for failure to claim eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. By winning judgment on the pleadings, Amazon was able to avoid costly discovery and an accelerated case schedule typical in that district.
Ravi has extensive trial experience working as part of teams that secured favorable judgments for their clients. In 2014, Ravi was part of a trial team in LendingTree, LLC v. Zillow, Inc., et al. that successfully secured a defense verdict for defendants Zillow and Adchemy in the Western District of North Carolina against competitor LendingTree. After a five-week trial, the jury found that Zillow and Adchemy did not infringe the asserted patents and the patents were invalid.
In 2011, Ravi was part of a trial team representing a Korean manufacturer of finger print detection devices in an investigation pending before the International Trade Commission, In the Matter of Certain Biometric Scanning Devices, U.S.I.T.C. Inv. No. 337-TA-720. Ravi helped prepare extensive pre- and post-trial briefing and several rounds of briefing before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The matter is widely recognized for raising novel issues relating to the scope of the ITC’s authority to issue exclusion orders where the underlying violation was based on a finding of induced infringement. The issue was eventually decided by a 6-4 vote of the Federal Circuit sitting en banc.
Ravi also has considerable experience in drafting winning appellate briefs. In the Affinity Labs v. Amazon matter, Ravi took a leading role in preparing the responsive appeal brief, which led to the Federal Circuit affirming the district court’s judgment on the pleadings of Section 101 invalidity in a precedential opinion. In the LendingTree v. Zillow matter, Ravi helped prepare Zillow’s briefing in the appeal following Zillow’s complete victory in a jury trial in the Western District of North Carolina. The Federal Circuit not only affirmed the jury’s verdict of non-infringement and invalidity of the asserted claims for improper inventorship, but in response to Zillow’s cross appeal, found the asserted claims to be patent-ineligible under Section 101.
Ravi has also taken on several pro bono matters. In one such matter, Pineida v. Lee, et al. (N.D. Cal.), Ravi was part of a team that helped secure a preliminary injunction forcing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to provide an inmate a medically necessary diet. Ravi was recognized for his contributions on this case with the 2015 Outstanding Volunteer award from the Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco.
Ravi received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he served as a notes editor of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, and a member of the Hastings Moot Court team. While at Hastings, Ravi was also a member of the Thurston Society and the Order of the Coif, both academic honor societies. While attending law school, Ravi served as an extern for the Honorable Judge Charles R. Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and as a legal intern for Cisco Systems. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. degree in economics, with high honors, and a B.S. degree in business administration, with high distinction in general scholarship, from the University of California, Berkeley.
Prior to law school, Ravi was a senior analyst at Cornerstone Research, a litigation consulting firm.
Ravi is admitted to practice in California, and is admitted to practice in all District Courts in California, the Eastern District of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.